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April 29, 2014

San Francisco, CA – April 29, 2014 – Simona Torcia, MS, PhD, an embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), recently co-authored a paper that contributes to a growing body of knowledge about immature egg cell (oocyte) development. Published in the December issue of Nature Cell Biology, the article is entitled “Somatic cells regulate maternal mRNA translation and developmental competence of mouse oocytes.”

Until a few years ago, researchers were uncertain about the impact of the body’s other cells (somatic cells) upon egg development, said Dr. Torcia. It was previously thought that, once an oocyte began developing, it was no longer under the influence of somatic cells and was acting autonomously.

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April 22, 2014

San Francisco, CA – April 22, 2014 – Philip E. Chenette, MD, director of Pacific Fertility Center’s Fertility Preservation Program, and Joseph Conaghan, PhD, PFC’s laboratory director, were recently notified that two of their abstracts on time-lapse imaging have been accepted for presentation in Munich, Germany at the 30th Annual Meeting of ESHRE, which runs from June 29 to July 2, 2014. ESHRE is the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Four international referees anonymously evaluated and selected the abstracts for oral presentation at the ESHRE meeting.

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November 26, 2013

San Francisco, CA – November 26, 2013 – With the launch of the new movie, Delivery Man, news and entertainment media turned to Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) to answer the question the film inevitably raises, “Could one sperm donor realistically father that many children?” It doesn’t even remotely resemble reality, said PFC’s president, Carl M. Herbert, MD.

In the movie, actor Vince Vaughn is an affable underachiever who discovers he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donation to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier. Now he must decide whether to come forward when 142 children file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

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November 12, 2013

In a brief video, Philip Chenette, MD, board certified reproductive endocrinologist at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), describes how comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) is changing the experience of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for PFC’s patients. Watch the video here.

San Francisco, CA – November 12, 2013 – A new genetic screening technique, Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is producing very high pregnancy rates with low risks of miscarriage, multiple gestation, and Down syndrome, reports PFC’s Philip Chenette, MD. With the help of CCS, in fact, three out of four embryo transfers in 2012 resulted in a pregnancy at PFC—most with the transfer of only one embryo.

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October 23, 2013

San Francisco, CA – October 23, 2013 – July 25th marked the 35th birthday of the world’s first “test tube baby” in the U.K. On the occasion of this significant landmark, the BBC recently visited Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) to get a glimpse of some of the more sophisticated assisted reproductive technologies that have emerged since that time.

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